Eternal Perspectives: A Collection of Quotations on Heaven, the New Earth, and Life after Death

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It’s time to fire up your imagination and rekindle a desire for Heaven in your heart! Brimming with verses, quotes, and selected passages on the topic of Heaven, the New Earth, and life after death, Eternal Perspectives is the most comprehensive collection of quotations about Heaven ever compiled. Pulling from noted authors, scholars, and theologians such as C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, Alister McGrath, Martin Luther, Augustine, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, D. L. Moody, Dallas Willard, and ...

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It’s time to fire up your imagination and rekindle a desire for Heaven in your heart! Brimming with verses, quotes, and selected passages on the topic of Heaven, the New Earth, and life after death, Eternal Perspectives is the most comprehensive collection of quotations about Heaven ever compiled. Pulling from noted authors, scholars, and theologians such as C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, Alister McGrath, Martin Luther, Augustine, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, D. L. Moody, Dallas Willard, and countless others, Eternal Perspectives is the ultimate resource for anyone looking for inspirational quotes and passages on the topic of Heaven. Whether you choose to skip around or read the volume straight through, these profound and enlightening insights will help you draw closer to the One who made you for himself, and deepen your desire for the place he is making for you, and where he wants to live with you throughout eternity. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9781414345574
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/17/2012
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 773,539
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

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Eternal PERSPECTIVES

A COLLECTION OF QUOTATIONS ON HEAVEN, THE NEW EARTH, AND LIFE AFTER DEATH
By RANDY ALCORN

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Eternal Perspective Ministries
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-4557-4


Chapter One

Adventure: New Opportunities and Abilities

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:13-16, NLT

The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory.

Psalm 102:15-16

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.

Isaiah 11:9-10

I suspect that every saved soul in heaven is a great wonder, and that heaven is a vast museum of wonders of grace and mercy—a palace of miracles, in which everything will surprise everyone who gets there. Charles Spurgeon, "Feeble Faith Appealing to a Strong Savior"

Everyone raised his hand to pick the fruit he best liked the look of, and then everyone paused for a second. This fruit was so beautiful that each felt, "It can't be meant for me ... surely we're not allowed to pluck it."

"It's all right," said Peter. "... I've a feeling we've got to the country where everything is allowed."

C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

Aslan turned to them and said, "You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be."

Lucy said, "We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often."

"No fear of that," said Aslan. "Have you not guessed?"

Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them.

"There was a real railway accident," said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are—as you used to call it in the Shadow lands—dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning."

And as he spoke he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page; now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.

C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

Something better awaits and beckons us all. We shall be "like the angels," which means not neutered, anaemic spirits, but full, free and liberated persons in whom all the possibilities of our God-given humanity will burst forth in undreamed-of fulfillment.

Bruce Milne, The Message of Heaven and Hell

In the glimpses afforded of [Jesus'] life beyond resurrection we find ... freedoms even further enhanced. At the physical level he can appear, disappear and then reappear at will (cf. John 20:19, 26; Luke 24:15, 31, 36, 51); at the moral and spiritual level there is a freedom from the awful burden of responsibility for the completion of his mission; at the relational level there is a new freedom to indwell and personally identify with all who belong to him. Such is the promise of the heavenly life—an existence of boundless freedoms.

Bruce Milne, The Message of Heaven and Hell

We are partly "Heaven-blind" because the worldview our culture has adopted has made it hard to see supernatural colors.

Daniel Brown, What the Bible Reveals about Heaven

Their souls being on fire with holy love, shall not be like a fire pent up, but like a flame uncovered and at liberty. Their spirits, being winged with love, shall have no weight upon them to hinder their flight. There shall be no lack of strength or activity, nor any lack of words with which to praise the Object of their affection. Nothing shall hinder them from communing with God, and praising and serving Him just as their love inclines them to do. Love naturally desires to express itself; and in heaven the love of the saints shall be at full liberty to express itself as it desires, whether it be towards God or to created beings.

Jonathan Edwards, Heaven: A World of Love

In Heaven, as on earth, each of us will be or do something no one else will be or do as well. No one will be superfluous.

Peter Kreeft, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven

If it brings glory to God and increases our knowledge of Him, you will indeed be able to engage in some form of time travel.

Larry Dick, A Taste of Heaven

We want to serve God more, but we have to sleep. We want to pray and study the Bible, but we grow weary. In Heaven, bodies will do whatever we want them to do. We will possess boundless energy with which to serve God.

Steven J. Lawson, Heaven Help Us!

Actually, we will do many of the same things in Heaven that we did here on the earth—just perfectly.

Steven J. Lawson, Heaven Help Us!

Look at the pictures of your deceased parents on your bedroom wall. Do you ever wonder, especially on their birthdays, where they are, and what they're doing?

Arthur Roberts, Exploring Heaven

This voice of joy [in Heaven] is not like our old complaints, our impatient groans and sighs; nor this melodious praise like the scoffs and revilings, or the oaths and curses which we heard on earth. This body is not like that we had, nor this soul like the soul we had, nor this life like the life we lived. We have changed our place and state, our clothes and thoughts, our looks, language and company.

Before, a saint was weak and despised; so proud and peevish we could often scarce discern his graces; but now, how glorious is a saint! Where is now their body of sin, which wearied themselves and those about them? Where are now our different judgments, reproachful names, divided spirits, exasperated passions, strange looks, uncharitable censures? Now we are all of one judgment, of one name, of one heart, house and glory. O sweet reconciliation! Happy union! Now the Gospel shall no more be dishonored through our folly.

No more, my soul, shalt thou lament the sufferings of the saints or the church's ruins; nor mourn thy suffering friends, nor weep over their dying beds or their graves. Thou shalt never suffer thy old temptations from Satan, the world or thy own flesh. Thy pains and sickness are all cured; thy body shall no more burden thee with weakness and weariness; thy aching head and heart, thy hunger and thirst, thy sleep and labor are all gone.

O what a mighty change is this! from the dunghill to the throne! from persecuting sinners to praising saints! from a vile body to this which "shines as the brightness of the firmament!" from a sense of God's displeasure to the perfect enjoyment of him in love! from all my doubts and fears to this possession which puts me out of doubt! from all my fearful thoughts of death to this joyful life! Blessed change! Farewell sin and sorrow for ever; farewell my rocky, proud, unbelieving heart; my worldly, sensual, carnal heart; and welcome now my most holy, heavenly nature. Farewell repentance, faith and hope; and welcome love, and joy, and praise.

Richard Baxter, The Saints' Everlasting Rest

Heaven is not a dream. Heaven is absolute reality. It is objective reality to us, not subjective. We don't make Heaven what it is, God does. It is stable and very real. It unfolds with an orderly, yet spontaneous perfection. We do not skip frantically from one reality to another, back and forth, in and out, up and down as in a nightmare.

If the setting of a boat in water or a train is needed to fulfill God's desired experience, then it is so. In whatever setting God wishes to express Himself, there are no limitations to whatever He may choose.

Drake Whitchurch, Waking from Earth

I do live expecting great things in the life that is ripening for me and all mine—when we shall have all the universe for our own, and be good merry helpful children in the great house of our father.... When we are all just as loving and unselfish as Jesus; when like him, our one thought of delight is that God is, and is what he is, ... then, darling, you and I and all will have grand liberty wherewith Christ makes free—opening his hand to send us out like white doves to range the universe.

George MacDonald, letter to his dying daughter

I haven't been cheated out of being a complete person—I'm just going through a forty-year delay, and God is with me even through that. Being "glorified"—I know the meaning of that now. It's the time, after my death here, when I'll be on my feet dancing.

Joni Eareckson Tada

If Jesus' resurrected body is a clue, along with accounts of angels appearing to a host of other biblical worthies, I surmise that we will transport ourselves not only across but also through space—and with what by earth standards would seem incredible speed. Anyone who has envied a hawk's ability to soar or a whale's to dive can get enthusiastic about heavenly release from present limitations of mobility.

Arthur Roberts, Exploring Heaven

These small and perishable bodies we now have were given to us as ponies are given to schoolboys. We must learn to manage: not that we may some day be free of horses altogether but that some day we may ride bare-back, confident and rejoicing, those greater mounts, those winged, shining and world-shaking horses which perhaps even now expect us with impatience, pawing and snorting in the King's stables. Not that the gallop would be of any value unless it were a gallop with the King; but how else—since He has retained His own charger—should we accompany Him?

C. S. Lewis, Miracles

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

As our minds expanded, we came to the realization that there were no limitations to that which we might do. Eternity gave us the opportunity to carry forward the grandest enterprises, reach the highest aspirations, and realize our loftiest ambitions. And ever before us there were new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, and fresh objects to call forth the powers of body and mind and soul.

Walton Brown, Home at Last

Throughout eternity we will live full, truly human lives, exploring and managing God's creation to his glory. Fascinating vistas will unfold before us as we learn to serve God in a renewed universe.

Edward Donnelly, Biblical Teaching on the Doctrines of Heaven and Hell

What will these glorified human beings be able to do in their transfigured universe, on their transfigured earth? The simplest answer seems to be: whatever they wish. For according to an old theological dictum heaven will mean the satisfaction of every rational desire. And their transfigured cosmos will obviously be an "extension of heaven," wide open to whatever use the glorified men will wish to put it. It will be theirs to use and develop into an even better and better universe. There will be no conflicts, no enmities, no hatred, no wars, no property bounds, no segregation, no discrimination. There will be abundant space and abundant opportunity for everyone to do whatever he wishes and wherever he wishes.... Their beatific vision will make it impossible for them to be uncharitable, envious, jealous, avaricious, unjust.

E. J. Fortman, Everlasting Life after Death

There will be new planets to develop, new principles to discover, new joys to experience. Every moment of eternity will be an adventure of discovery.

Ray C. Stedman, "The City of Glory"

Imagine sitting around campfires on the New Earth, wide-eyed at the adventures recounted. Yes, I mean telling real stories around real campfires. Why not? After all, friendship, camaraderie, laughter, stories, and cozy campfires are all good gifts from God.

Randy Alcorn, Heaven

On the New Earth we may experience adventures that make our current mountain climbs, surfing, skydiving, and upside-down roller coaster rides seem tame. Why do I say this? It's more than wishful thinking. It's an argument from design. We take pleasure in exhilarating experiences not because of sin but because God wired us this way. We weren't made to sit all day in dark rooms, watching actors pretend to live and athletes do what we can't.

Randy Alcorn, Heaven

At 2:30 a.m., on November 19, 2002, I stood on our deck gazing up at the night sky. Above me was the Leonid meteor shower, the finest display of celestial fireworks until the year 2096. For someone who has enjoyed meteor showers since he was a kid, this was the celestial event of a lifetime.

There was only one problem: clouds covered the Oregon sky. Of the hundreds of streaking meteors above me, I couldn't see a single one. I felt like a blind man being told, "You're missing the most beautiful sunset of your lifetime. You'll never be able to see another like it."

Was I disappointed? Sure. After searching in vain for small cracks in the cloud cover, I went inside and wrote these paragraphs. I'm disappointed, but not disillusioned. Why? Because I did not miss the celestial event of my lifetime.

My lifetime is forever. My residence will be a new universe, with far more spectacular celestial wonders, and I'll have the ability to look through the clouds or rise above them.

During a spectacular meteor shower a few years earlier, I had stood on our deck watching a clear sky. Part of the fun was hearing oohs and aahs in the distance, from neighbors looking upward. Multiply these oohs and aahs by ten thousand times ten thousand, and it'll suggest our thunderous response to what our Father will do in the new heavens as we look upward from the New Earth.

Randy Alcorn, 50 Days of Heaven

Heaven will be deeply appreciated by the disabled, who will be liberated from ravaged bodies and minds, and by the sick and elderly who will be free from their pains and restrictions. They will walk and run and see and hear, some for the first time. Hymn writer Fanny Crosby said, "Don't pity me for my blindness, for the first face I ever see will be the face of my Lord Jesus."

Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions, and Eternity

In Heaven, we will be able to do as we wish and go where we wish, never wondering if our wishes are wrong!

Randy Alcorn, unpublished notes

Think of friends or family members who loved Jesus and are with him now. Picture them with you, walking together in this place. All of you have powerful bodies, stronger than those of an Olympic decathlete. You are laughing, playing, talking, and reminiscing. Now you see someone coming toward you. It's Jesus, with a big smile on his face. You fall to your knees in worship. He pulls you up and embraces you.

At last, you're with the person you were made for, in the place you were made for. Everywhere you go, there will be new people to meet, including Charles Spurgeon and his friends Charles Stanford and Hugh Stowell Brown. There will be new places to enjoy, new things to discover. What's that you smell? A feast? A party's ahead. And you're invited.

Randy Alcorn, We Shall See God

One of the greatest things about Heaven is that we'll no longer have to battle our desires. They'll always be pure, attending to their proper objects. We'll enjoy food without gluttony and eating disorders. We'll express admiration and affection without lust, fornication, or betrayal. Those simply won't exist.

Randy Alcorn, Heaven

Do you remember a time when you really felt good about yourself? Not in pride or arrogance, but when you sensed you honored God, helped the needy, were faithful, humble, and servant-hearted, like Jesus? Do you remember when you encouraged someone? when you experienced who you were meant to be? when you were running or swimming or working and felt you were strong enough to go on forever (even though later you could hardly get out of bed)? That was a little taste of who you'll be in Heaven.

Randy Alcorn, Heaven

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Eternal PERSPECTIVES by RANDY ALCORN Copyright © 2012 by Eternal Perspective Ministries. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Adventure: New Opportunities and Abilities 1

Anticipating and Longing for Heaven and the New Earth 13

Beauty 29

Bodies and Their Resurrection 37

Boredom 53

Bride of Christ 61

Children 67

Choosing between Heaven and Hell 73

Continuity of Personal Identity (from This Life to the Next) 87

Culture, Arts, and Technology on the New Earth 101

The Curse 117

Death 127

Dream "World or Reality? 145

Earth's Demolition and Renovation 161

Eating and Drinking 173

Eternity and Life after Death 183

Ethnicity and Diversity 197

Friends and Relationships 205

Gender and Sexuality 219

Glory 225

God, and Our Relationship with Him 233

Heavens Saints Seeing Events on Earth 251

Hell 257

Home 287

Jesus 299

Joy, Happiness, and Laughter 311

Judgment and Justice 329

The Kingdom of Heaven 339

Knowledge, Learning, and Books 351

Marriage and Family 363

New Earth: The Future Heaven 373

The New Jerusalem 391

Paradise: The Present Heaven 407

Paths to Heaven and Hell 417

Pets and Animals 427

Pilgrim Mentality 443

Play, Sports, and Recreation 451

Preparing for Heaven 461

Redemption 475

Reign of Christ and His People 491

Rest in Heaven 505

Resurrection of the Universe 513

Rewards and Treasures 531

Sinners No More, Forever Righteous 545

Thinking Heavenward 555

Time and Process in Heaven 573

Uniting of Heaven and Earth 583

Work in Heaven 595

Worship and Music 607

Notes 617

Index 653

About the Author 657

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